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Petition to H.E. MR. ANTONIO GUTERRES, Adama Dieng, Farhan Haq Deputy Spokesman for the Secretary-General haqf>at, Cyril Ramaphosa


PETITION TO THE SECRETARY-GENERAL OF THE UN, H.E. MR. ANTONIO GUTERRES TO END FARM MURDERS IN SOUTH AFRICA 26 October 2017 His Excellency, Mr Antonio Guterres, my name is Louis Michael Green and I am a pastor and a concerned citizen from Kraaifontein, Cape Town, South Africa. I am appealing to you to use your influence in the UN and throughout the world to help us in South Africa to end the scourge of farm killings in our country. We must end farm murders in South Africa before it is too late. Farmers throughout South Africa produce our fresh fruit, vegetables, and meat and without them, our nation will starve. At first, when I started this petition, I had one signature, my own. I was aiming for 100,000 signatures for this petition when I started but as a result of the fantastic response, i.e. 115,000 signatures in 6 days, I have decided to increase the target to 200,000 supporters. The huge response to my petition to STOP FARM MURDERS is an indication of the urgency of the matter and the public outcry in South Africa. At first, I intended to take the petition to the State President, Mr. Jacob Zuma, and our Minister of Police, but after much prayer and thinking, and after receiving hundreds of messages from farmers, family members who lost loved ones and many petitioners, I have decided to take our petition directly to you at THE UNITED NATIONS IN NEW YORK, the USA, and ask for an audience with you, the SECRETARY GENERAL OF THE UNITED NATIONS, H.E. Mr Antonio Guterrez. Many of my petitioners believe it would be a waste of our time to take the petition to the State President, Mr Jacob Zuma, because he has done nothing about the farm murders since his election and he continues to do nothing. It would be a similar waste of time to take the petition to the Minister of Police, Mr. Fikile Mbalula, because he has been critical of the mass action on Black Monday, 30th of October, 2017, and he has not released the specific statistics of farm attacks and murders. We have great confidence in you as the Secretary-General of the United Nations, that you will be able to place our petition on the international agenda. If it is possible to have an independent commission of inquiry from the Commissioner of Human Rights violations into the FARM MURDERS in South Africa, we would also greatly appreciate this. We would, in the meantime, also petition our own government to demand an independent commission of inquiry into farm murders to investigate the root causes of such murders and a response from the present government (from the Ministry of Police) on what will be done to stop these murders with immediate effect. We will, however, not hand over the names of the 125,000 petitioners to the state for fear that the petitioners would be intimidated. However, we could say in our petition to our government that we refer to the 125,000 petitioners as verified by the Secretary-General of the United Nations and that the record is kept at the UN that would verify the veracity of the amount of our petitioners. I was encouraged when I saw what a young South African, Talitha Basson was doing when she mobilized thousands of farmers almost on her own using Facebook to mobilize them to united action in a march to Cape Town on 30th of October, 2017.  We are mindful that all murders everywhere in South Africa are reprehensible and should be stopped. Every murder, irrespective where it happens, is regrettable. However, the murder of farmers in our country does not only impact the loss of life but also has a snowball effect of robbing our nation of its food security. I am planning to follow the correct Parliamentary procedures to get this letter and the petition to the Speaker of Parliament, so I will seek out the help of an M.P. who bears the same burden, to also submit our petition to our own Parliament in South Africa. This matter has been debated in Parliament on several occasions without any effect. This is the reason why I felt we should appeal to international organs, like the UN. Perhaps, our government will give this matter its most urgent attention when our petition reaches your office and if it can be arranged our South African delegation coming to see you in New York would love an opportunity to discuss our report with the dossier containing our claims of human rights abuses with the UNHCR. I and all my petitioners trust God for a positive outcome to all our endeavours. Be Blessed Kind Regards Senior Suffragan Bishop Louis Michael Green A concerned South African Citizen Affiliated to The Pentecostal Assemblies of the World, South Africa

Bishop Louis Michael Green
162,303 supporters
Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to The Rt Hon Amber Rudd MP

Help me find out if my baby was stolen at birth in Spain

I was told my first baby had died shortly after her birth in 1992 when I lived in Spain.  I can’t describe the pain I felt and until February 2012 I lived thinking my daughter had died. But a Spanish friend came to visit in the UK and told me about a scandal that had broken in Spain where up to 300,000 babies had been stolen in Spain and sold for adoption across the world between the 1950's to the late 1990's. It hit me that my daughter could have been one of those stolen babies and I have been battling for an effective investigation ever since. My case has been through the Spanish justice system, to no avail. That’s why I’m calling on the UK Home Secretary to push my case further. Both me and my daughter are British - it is their job to support us as they have with other families who’ve had loved ones missing. When my daughter's remains were exhumed to bring them back to the UK, the skeleton I saw appeared to be that of a much older infant. One way that could help is providing £5000 that is needed to have a DNA test on the ashes that I believed were my daughter’s. This could help me take forward the case for a fuller investigation. I received a letter from Theresa May when she was Home Secretary, in which she told me she was sorry to read about my sad story, but could not help. I know that more can be done - if they knew the pain of not knowing what happened to your lost child, I’m sure they would take action. My hopes are to find the truth. And I hope my story will help others that may have been affected by this too. Please sign this petition to secure a true investigation to find out what happened to my baby. Thank you for your support, ---- Please help me to raise the money needed here:    

Ruth Appleby
128,928 supporters
Started 3 months ago

Petition to Amber Rudd MP, Theresa May MP

Allow British people access to less than lethal self defence items.

In recent years violent crime has been on the increase in the UK, with the average violent crime rate increasing around 14%year on year. Knife crime is rising even more rapidly with a 21% increase in the 12 months between September 2016 and September 2017 and gun crime has risen by 20% in the same period. These rises may be put down to gang violence by most people however with an increase In Domestic burglary of around 32% stalking and harrassment at 36% and personal robbery (muggings) at 29% we can see that law abiding citizens are also on the receiving end of the problem.  Now statutory law insists that we as citizens are responsible for our own safety, and with police budgets being cut across the country we have even less protection than in years previous.  On top of this we saw many people people die in the recent terror attacks in London and Manchester many of which could have possibly been prevented by the public being able to defend themselves adequately. Not to mention that we currently have over 2000 Brits on the street that are known to have traveled to Syria to train and fight for Isis making further terror attacks unfortunately extremely likely. It is my opinion that it is a natural right for a person to be able to defend themselves, there family and innocent people when needed. The government on the other hand though it a good idea to disarm us as a nation. We have tried it your way and are now paying the consequences of redundant and draconian legislation. I propose that the law is changed so that we the British people are allowed the tools to defend ourselves in a more effective manner. I propose that legislation be redacted that serves to prevent the public from owning less than lethal self defence articles. I hope that specific items be removed from the banned weapons list also. Items to be included would be cs spray/ pepper spray and tazers or stun guns I propose these items specifically as they have proven effective self defence tools by our police force as well as many citeznships throughout the world, the nature of these tools is to incapacitate and attacker with causing unnecessary long term health affects or problems, I also propose that extendable batons and kubatons be considered also.  I do also propose that these weapons be held on a licence with criteria somewhat similar to obtaining an SGC for example. I do not believe that these items will allow violent crime to grow but in fact lower the number of violent and sexual attacks throughout the UK. Something needs to be done about these problems and quite frankly I see very little being done from the politicians and what is done time and time again proves to be ineffective and makes the problem worse.

Mark Allen
114 supporters